Cloth definition

klôth, klŏth
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A piece of fabric or material used for a specific purpose, as a tablecloth.
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(in idioms) Priesthood, clergy.
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A woven, knitted, or pressed fabric of fibrous material, as cotton, wool, silk, hair, or synthetic fibers.
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A form of attire that represents a particular profession.
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Cloth is defined as a fabric made of fibrous materials.

An example of a cloth is a hand towel.

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The characteristic attire of a profession, especially that of the clergy.
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The clergy.

A man of the cloth.

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Canvas.
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A sail.
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A piece of such fabric for a specific use.

Tablecloth, washcloth, loincloth.

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Made of cloth.
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(uncountable) A woven fabric such as used in dressing, decorating, cleaning or other practical use.
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A piece of cloth used for a particular purpose.
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The definition of cloth is something made of fibrous material.

An example of cloth used as an adjective is a cloth towel.

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Fabric or material formed by weaving, knitting, pressing, or felting natural or synthetic fibers.
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in cloth
  • With a clothbound binding; as a clothbound book.
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the cloth
  • the usual or identifying dress of a profession, esp. of the clergy
  • the clergy collectively
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
cloth
Plural:
cloths

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in cloth
the cloth

Origin of cloth

  • Middle English from Old English clāth

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English cloth, clath, from Old English clāþ (“cloth, clothes, covering, sail”), from Proto-Germanic *klaiþą (“garment”), from Proto-Indo-European *gleyt- (“to cling to, cleave, stick”). Cognate with Scots clath (“cloth”), North Frisian klaid (“dress, garment”), West Frisian kleed (“cloth, article of clothing”), Dutch kleed (“robe, dress”), Low German kleed (“dress, garment”), German Kleid (“dress, garment”), Danish klæde (“cloth, dress”), Swedish kläde (“cloth”), Icelandic klæði (“cloth, dressing”), Old English clīþan (“to adhere, stick”). Compare Albanian ngjit (“to stick, attach, glue”).

    From Wiktionary